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The Whales Tale

81 Fort Salonga Rd. Northport, NY 631-651-8844

Whale's Tale in Long Beach. (June 16, 2013)

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

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Type: Raw bar, Seafood Price range: $$ (Moderate) Description:

Situated at the Britannia Marina, The Whales Tale lures you with steamed lobster, backed by drawn butter, French fries, corn salsa and coleslaw. The restaurant's highlights include shellfish stew, crisp fish tacos, the raw bar and fried calamari fra diavolo.

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Credit cards: Accepted Accessibility: y

Call it a twice-told tale.

The Whale’s Tale

, an outdoor restaurant hidden away in Northport’s Brittania Marina, reopened for its second summer. Sosh Andriano, who was a partner at

Zimzari

and

Mercato

in Massapequa Park, took over the place from his father, putting his own stamp on the menu. Over dinner on the deck, I watched the sky go from blue to pink as boats bobbed nearby. My raw clams and oysters were fresh and briny, the fried soft shell crabs I tasted crunchy and sweet. Even the plastic dinnerware didn't bother me after a few sips of the fine and fruity sangria. The menu features appetizers (such as “bang bang” shrimp), chowders, salads, tacos, fried fish, burgers plus a few entree plates, the costliest of which is a seafood stew, at $15.95. There are also a few kiddie choices, such as a $4.95 peanut butter and jelly taco.